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City Auditorium With the building of the city auditorium in 1916, Holdrege became the entertainment center for south central Nebraska and north central Kansas. Great artists of the day appeared regularly and quickly established the reputation for outstanding shows. Later, famous bands -- Guy Lombardo, Tommy Dorsey, etc. -- were featured. Not all band leaders felt a town of 3,000 could meet their "guarantee." However, crowds of 2,000 and more were not uncommon.

In the 1930s, during a visit by the Philadelphia Philharmonic Symphony orchestra led by Leopold Stokowski, a sudden rain storm revealed that the roof -- parched by years of hot, dry winds -- had developed many leaks. Orchestra members who had spent a relaxing day riding bicycles and viewing farm life (a first for many of the musicians) graciously moved to a dry spot and continued the concert. The sell-out crowd refused to let a little dampness spoil the concert and a good, although embarrassing, time was had by all.


Address: 5th and Grant

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Phelps County Courthouse

The railroad offered a city block to the citizens of Holdrege if they would build a courthouse. The ambitious merchants promptly provided the funds and the cornerstone was dedicated on October 10, 1884. Subsequently, the voters approved removal of the county seat to Holdrege on November 11

Holdrege, NE Historic Courthouses

Eagle Viewing

The bald eagle has always captured the attention of Americans, so much so that in 1782 the Continental Congress chose the eagle as the national bird and the centerpiece for the nation's Great Seal. Over the years, the bald eagle acquired its status as a symbol of freedom and of the United States.

Holdrege, NE Birdwatching


Bronze Sculpture

Greeting visitors to Holdrege is the beautiful 12' bronze sculpture, "Promise of the Prairie", by native artist, George Lundeen. It is a promise for today and tomorrow; The promise that living in Phelps County is a good life with room to grow and laugh and love.

Holdrege, NE Arts

Recreation

City parks comprise 65 acres with an olympic size heated swimming pool, playground equipment, and a 12-acre lake for fishing and boating, picnic areas, and lovely walking paths.

Holdrege, NE Recreation

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